• Tristan Acker


The disastrous state of Eminem discourse is because the goalposts keep getting moved and people can’t agree on definitions of terms. Calling him repetitive is a different thing than saying you don’t want to replay a new album after hearing it. Saying it was an okay experience to check an album out in the first place is not saying you’ll re-bump it a bunch. Stop acting brand new.

Em defenders aren’t really bumping his new albums on-repeat, they’re just saying getting through the new record once was fine; it was listenable. Not all Em haters are saying they can’t get through his new albums, just that they have no desire to bump again. Narrow down the debate you petulant middle schoolers: are you saying you couldn’t get through it once or you don’t want to bump it again? You may find there’s less disagreement than there is misunderstanding of what each other mean.

The vast majority are saying the new shit’s eh, we can get through it fine, probably aren’t crazy compelled to keep bumping it. There are taste extremes though, right? On the one hand you’ll have some Em haters say they can’t even get through one listen and then Em defenders who would say they not only like the new material but will re-bump it. That’s fine, they can exist and have their opinion but stop acting like there’s this wild division and allow me to reiterate: I think most people are like me in this, we can bump his new albums when they drop and get through them and that’s an okay experience but we’re just not replaying them.

One related thought and then I’m out: a lot of the more extreme Em-haters out there rant and rant about Em’s repetitiveness regarding the topic matter of his work (angry white boy, step-dad, angry at mom, drugs, dysfunction, Columbine etc.) while utterly dismissing the repetitive monotonous nature of lots of rappers in the underground and mainstream. I don’t mind one guy’s continued truth (especially because I just hear the albums once when they drop, no one is making me replay them and I don’t) when there’s 50,000 rappers out there saying the same stupid old pimp shit, gun shit, and crack shit. I actually am not bumping any of that, be it Em or the post-modern gangsta zombie rappers, but if you wanna talk about repetitive lack of originality then let's talk. Talk about how that shit’s boring and repetitive too and maybe we can take you seriously. This ain’t that hard, have a good one.

Tristan "Tanjint Wiggy" Acker is a staff writer for Zus Entertainment, a Jooseboxx and Untapped Hip-Hop contributor, and member of the Inland Empire, California based nerdculture hip-hop group the West Coast Avengers

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